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The Golden State Killer: How it took four decades to catch the serial predator who terrorised California – ABC News

The Golden State Killer carved a trail of horrifying crimes across California, but decades passed before investigators finally tracked him down through his family tree.

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It was the early hours of the morning in the spring of 1978 when Bob and Gay Hardwick woke up to a bright light shining in their faces.
The young couple lived together in a small house in the northern California city of Stockton.
It took the Hardwicks a moment to realise what had woken them up was an armed intruder holding a torch at the foot of their bed.
The deadbolt on the back door had been broken for a while, but this was the ’70s. High-tech security systems and a nationwide fear of c…

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